Bible: Isaiah 59
Injustice Brings Alienation from God
59:1 Look, the
his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 2
59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God;
your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers. 3
59:3 For your hands are stained with blood
and your fingers with sin;
your lips speak lies,
your tongue utters malicious words.
59:4 No one is concerned about justice; 4
no one sets forth his case truthfully.
They depend on false words 5 and tell lies;
they conceive of oppression 6
and give birth to sin.
59:5 They hatch the eggs of a poisonous snake
and spin a spider’s web.
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
a poisonous snake is hatched. 7
59:6 Their webs cannot be used for clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their deeds are sinful;
they commit violent crimes. 8
59:7 They are eager to do evil, 9
quick to shed innocent blood. 10
Their thoughts are sinful;
they crush and destroy. 11
59:8 They are unfamiliar with peace;
their deeds are unjust. 12
They use deceitful methods,
and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 13
Israel Confesses its Sin
and salvation does not reach us.
59:10 We grope along the wall like the blind,
we grope like those who cannot see; 22
we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.
Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 23
59:11 We all growl like bears,
we coo mournfully like doves;
we wait for deliverance, 24 but there is none,
for salvation, but it is far from us.
59:12 For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, 25
and our sins testify against us;
indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;
we know our sins all too well. 26
59:13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the
we turned back from following our God.
We stir up 27 oppression and rebellion;
we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 28
59:14 Justice is driven back;
godliness 29 stands far off.
Indeed, 30 honesty stumbles in the city square
and morality is not even able to enter.
59:15 Honesty has disappeared;
the one who tries to avoid evil is robbed.
for there is no justice.
The Lord Intervenes
59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 32
he is shocked 33 that no one intervenes.
So he takes matters into his own hands; 34
his desire for justice drives him on. 35
and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 38
He puts on the garments of vengeance 39
and wears zeal like a robe.
59:18 He repays them for what they have done,
dispensing angry judgment to his adversaries
and punishing his enemies. 40
He repays the coastlands. 41
in the east they recognize his splendor. 44
For he comes like a rushing 45 stream
driven on by wind sent from the
59:20 “A protector 47 comes to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 48 says the
59:21 “As for me, this is my promise to 49 them,” says the